Nets hold off 76ers in OT in Brooklyn debut

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012
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The Nets have raised expectations following a 22-44 record in the lockout-shortened season. Along with Johnson, the Nets added veterans Jerry Stackhouse, Josh Childress, Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson, Reggie Evans and European free agent Mirza Teletovic.

"We're ready," coach Avery Johnson said before the game.

At 6:45 p.m., the public address announcer said for the first time, "Now taking the court, the Brooklyn Nets." Kris Humphries dunked for the first basket in a Brooklyn uniform.

The Nets came out strong against a Sixers team that underwent their own offseason makeover. Gone are veterans Elton Brand, Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala. In are Bynum, Kwame Brown, Nick Young, Jason Richardson, Dorell Wright, Maalik Wayns and Arnett Moultrie. Coach Doug Collins gave Richardson and Wright the night off because of a loaded preseason schedule where they'll play five more times by Oct. 22.

"We've got to get in better condition," Collins said. "I've been a little bit worried about pushing the guys in camp and we've got a few older guys. We've got a few guys who, coming in, were a little heavy."

Young scored 21 points and Wayns scored 18 points.

The Sixers brought a nearly 7,000 fans at Boardwalk Hall to life after they sliced a 13-point hole to only 95-93 with 1:16 left.

Damien Wilkins tied the game for the Sixers with two free throws with 45 seconds left. C.J Watson of the Nets missed a runner as time expired in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

Watson, who scored 19 points, atoned in overtime with a pair of free throws that gave the Nets a 108-105 lead.

Blatche scored 19 points and Josh Childress had 12.

"We don't have guys on this team that are similiar," Joe Johnson said. "We have guys that have high IQs and tonight it showed."



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